Eco Expo on Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, the College of Design will host Eco Expo, a green fair, that features Twin Cities vendors who sell eco-friendly products and services. The event is free and open to the public. Its purpose is to attract the attention of students, staff, and faculty across the University to the environmentally-friendly products available today.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Rapson courtyard.

Vendors have been selected to represent alternatives to current college purchasing habits. These vendors will be influencing the habits of faculty, staff, and students.

This is an interactive event in which the University can become involved in the efforts of the vendors attending. There will be three educational/conversational workshops presented throughout the day (times and descriptions below).

A donation has been made from By the Yard of a green bench, etched with "University of Minnesota Earth Day 2008, for the University in honor of Earth Day.

Each vendor is required to bring their own reusable table cloth as a design opportunity as well as a representation of their ecological values.

Furniture vendors will be representing their own furniture and therefore will not have tables. A poster describing vehicle carbon will invite individuals to think about the means of transportation they used to reach the fair.

To offset the use of paper printed and given away at the fair, three trees are being donated by the student coordinator of the event.

University-affiliated vendors

  • University Dining Services

  • Printing and Mailing Services

  • University of Minnesota Catering

  • Students for New Urbanism

  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

  • Solar Decathlon

  • University of Minnesota Recycling Programs

  • ReUse Center

Local vendors

  • Minnesota Waste Wise

  • Sunny Day Earth Solutions

  • I:SPACE Furniture, Inc.

  • Xerox

  • Commercial Environments Inc.

  • Baltix Sustainable Furniture

  • Fluid Interiors

  • Electronic Office Environments

  • Commercial Furniture

  • Intereum

  • Caribou Coffee

  • By the Yard, Inc.

  • Allsteel

  • Metro Cert, Green Institute

  • Golden’s Deli

  • Teknion LLC

  • Ten Thousand Villages

  • Recyclaholics

Workshop agenda
9 a.m. Reduce your carbon footprint
Ramy Selim, owner of Sunny Day Earth Solutions and a certified solar assessor, explains many simple, inexpensive, as well as some not-so-inexpensive solutions to reducing our strain on the earth and

11 a.m. Alternative housing: A lifestyle building from the heart and spirit, not the head
Mark Morgan (Bear Paw Design), a carpenter for 30 years -- with more than 15 years experience in straw-bale construction -- helps us rethink how we are building and living and explores the different between needs and desires.

1 p.m. The reality of energy efficiency and solar energy
Ramy Selim, owner of Sunny Day Earth Solutions and a certified solar assessor, gives realistic answers on the feasibility of using solar energy to make your life and home more energy efficient.

For more information contact Christen Gard, or 651-491-2838.